For effective performance of its regulatory function in the telecommunications industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) needs the cooperation of the members of the House of Representatives, according to the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.
Danbatta made this remark while speaking during an oversight visit of the members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Communications in Abuja, stressing that there is the need for striking a balance in satisfying diverse stakeholders in the industry the Commission regulates.
“We will still use this opportunity to seek your cooperation and understanding of delicate balance existing between the functions of regulators, and its many publics and stakeholders, including the legislature.
“These stakeholders have diverse but very important interest, which the regulator must satisfy. In the course of achieving an effective regulation for the benefit of all and in creating an enabling environment for growth, issues and challenges are bound to arise,” he explained.
The Special Assistant on Media to the EVC, Yakubu Musa, in a statement quoted the NCC boss to have also told members of the Committee that the Commission had recently won a European Award for Best Practices, in addition to emerging African Regulator of the Year at regional level.
In his response, Hon. Shaheed Fijabi, Chairman of the Committee, said they were at the headquarters of the NCC to exercise their oversight duty, and also commended the strides of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) in the country.
Earlier, Mr. Tony Ojobo, the Director, Public Affairs NCC, said that Commission has always enjoyed fruitful relationship with the committee and commended members for “the very matured way” they have handled it affairs.